Sunday, 30 March 2008

Rambling on

I think I may have become a bit of a rambler on the quiet!

Walking began as an occasional way for me and Mr Anusha to get a bit of fresh air (and for me to get away from my desk), but now we regularly go walking at weekends - sometimes it's just the two of us; sometimes it's with friends.

How did we turn into ramblers? Well, there's no better way to de-stress and clear your head than walking - breathing in unpolluted country air, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature (especially the lambs at this time of year!), getting muddy and chatting with friends. Certainly beats trudging round the high street on a Saturday...

Thursday, 27 March 2008

The sun is shining!

Fingers crossed this bonkers weather we've been having recently will settle down because Anusha's new spring/summer collection is being added to the website daily (keep checking back!). Fashion is in love with all things feminine this season, and Anusha’s new collection captures the mood perfectly. It’s brimming with fabulous clothes, accessories, jewellery and gifts that will take you through summer in style...

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bracelets

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Coco

Monday, 24 March 2008

Famous faces

Midford castle

There have been lots of reports in the press recently that actor Nicolas Cage is buying up houses in Bath and its surrounds - he already owns a Regency townhouse in The Circus; Midford Castle (above), three miles outside town; and he's allegedly been looking at an 18th century farmhouse in the area.

He's not the only famous person to live in and around Bath - there's a host of familiar faces to be seen around town, including shoemaker extraordinaire, Manolo Blahnik; Buffy actor, Anthony Head; musicians Alison Goldfrapp (soon to be moving to London), Peter Gabriel, Midge Ure and Van Morrison; Grand Designs' Kevin McLoud; sprinter Jason 'The Bath Bullet' Gardner; and actress Jane Seymour.

Oh, and a regular visitor to the Bath, Johnny Depp, is also rumoured to be looking for a home in the city... fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Melanie Molesworth - stylist

Melanie Molesworth is a freelance interiors stylist based in London, working for magazines such as Livingetc, Red, Homes & Gardens and You (all favourites of mine in terms of styling).

Junk style

I enjoy dipping into her book, Junk style, so I was pleased to discover her blog (via Decor8), which has a selection of images from recent shoots. I find stylists' work inspiring - both for my home and website (I'm the 'stylist' on the Anusha photoshoots).

Here's some of Melanie's work:

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Saturday, 15 March 2008

Reservations

I've had several people interested in reserving the clothes featured in my previous post (especially the printed shrug in the first picture). If you'd like to join the waiting list for any of the items shown, feel free to email me at elizabeth@anusha.co.uk and I can give you more info.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

A peek at the new collection

I know that many of you are waiting to see Anusha's new collection (thank you for getting in contact, and sorry for the unexpected delay!). The first batch of spring/summer 2008 stock will be arriving next week. In the meantime, here's a sneaky peek at a few, early drafts of the goodies that are coming. You saw them here first...


shrug

earrings

heart

dress

top

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Happy birthday Livingetc!

Livingetc

How time flies! I was surprised to discover that Livingetc is ten years old this month. I remember buying the first issue in 1998 (which was the year I bought my first house in Bath), and feeling that at last there was a fresh new interiors magazine that was really relevant to me. I've been a subscriber ever since, and I still look forward to reading it every month, when I hear my copy drop on the doormat.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Keep, fix, charity...

Yesterday I spent the afternoon having a good old clear out, sorting through my clothes in preparation for spring (although, with snow forecast this evening, I don't know why I bothered!). As always when I have the urge to purge, I ended up with three piles of clothes: one for charity/recycling; one for fixing up; and one for keeps.

These are the simple rules to my system (please note: they don't apply to things that are vintage or have sentimental value!):

* If an item is faded, torn, marked etc, it goes in the recycling pile.
* If I haven’t worn an item for over a year/I must have been having a funny turn when I bought it/it doesn't fit, it goes in the charity pile.
* If it needs a simple repair, like a button sewing on/hem taken up, it goes in my fix-it pile to be sorted out next time I'm watching a film.
* If it needs a more complex alteration, it goes in the fix-it pile ready to be taken to a tailor.
* If an item is in good condition, fits well and I enjoy wearing it, it earns its place back in my wardrobe.

As I've never been a great hoarder, I'm normally pretty good at sticking to the rules. Although I'm not totally ruthless - occasionally I have a change of heart, and slip something back into the wardrobe... where it hangs, unworn, until the next purge.